Somalia: Suspected US drone hit al-Shabaab stronghold village

An HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter is being prepared to be loaded into a C-17 Globemaster III on the flight line at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Feb. 7, 2014. The Pave Hawks were assigned to the 303rd Expeditionary Rescue Squadron in support of the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The helicopter and 11 crew members were deployed for 12 months and redeployed to the 66th Rescue Squadron and 823rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. (U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Christopher Gross)

suspected US drone have launched an airstrikes on al-Shabaab stronghold Hawina village outskirts of  Somalis port city of Kismayu, eyewitness said on Saturday.

Khalid Muhidin, an eyewitness told Mareeg media that they heard huge explosion caused by  US airstrikes.

“We heard several bomb explosion caused by drone airstrikes in Hawina village” he said,  which located several kilometers northern Kismayu, the capital of Lower juba region

“It is no tclear how many people have been killed or wounded it is very difficult to know the real casualties”he added.

The incident are reportedly taken place on late Friday night.


The author is a senior freelance journalist based Somali capital Mogadishu